The Independent Media Committee was created to promote issues relating to preservation and access of independent media to independent producers. Independent producers encompass the following constituents:
We are committed to supporting independents which produce work on a wide variety of media, including film (particularly small-gauge due to its relevance to our constituency), analog & digital video including so-called “consumer” formats, object-based electronic art, web art and works using emerging technologies in digital form. The focus of this commitment is in addressing needs around preservation and access of non-commercial works including genres such as documentary, narrative, experimental film and video, and works produced independently for public television.
The group is also concerned with paper documentation of independent media (paper, posters, photographs, ephemera, and digital objects which facilitate documentation). Current projects include promoting independent media within AMIA through conference presentations & screenings, the Community Archiving Workshop and Toolkit and Video Forever Wiki. The committee also administers “Film Preservation Manual for Home and Independent Filmmakers.”